In the fall of 2010, photographer Shannon Greer and painter Charlotta Jansson began to feel the itch that befalls many a New York City dweller after a while—the desire to get out of town and go someplace more quiet. The couple’s original plan was to purchase an old barn and transform it into a secluded country house. However, “the more Charlotta thought about it,” Shannon says, “my busy travel schedule as a photographer meant she would have to travel by herself and be secluded and alone a lot.” Instead, the two opted for a best-of-both worlds approach— in Hudson, NY, a hip, artistic enclave in the Hudson Valley. “We agreed that this would be a great getaway place that offered great food and culture: something we call ‘faux country living,’ given we have all the urban luxuries minus the noise, the crowds and pollution.” Instead of a bucolic farm setting, Shannon and Charlotta ended up purchasing an old building on Warren Street, Hudson’s main commercial thoroughfare. The site of an old milliner’s shop, the building was quite large and in need of some major renovations. After a lot of work and more than a few ceilings removed, the couple have an awesome home-away-from-home and a fabulous new business venture—The Hudson Milliner, a guesthouse and inn, marketed as “refuge for urbanites in search of refined comfort in classical surroundings.” Furnished with stunning antiques and a beautiful industrial aesthetic, the Hudson Milliner is a marvelous addition to this small town’s amazing restaurants and stores—the perfect weekend getaway! Check out the incredible photos of the Milliner’s “Tophat” suite transformation after the jump! —Max
Above image: The loft bed was constructed from wood salvaged from the removed ceiling.
- Hexagon tiles and subway tiles were affordably ordered online from tileshop.com or purchased at Lowes.
- Plumbing pipes with help of the plumbers at Kevin and Richard Plumbing in Brooklyn
- Early electric stove, resalvaged side table, leather chair and white bench from our dealer friend Terri See
- Fridge was a find on craigslist
- Dining table, chairs and wrought iron bed from Portly Pug
- Vintage closet and seeing table chairs from Poughkipsee dealer Anne Negrin (845-797-8807)
- Shaker shelf/table from Re-Pop
- Demolition and major construction done by Jon Hardy
- Fine carpentry/electric/plumbing solutions Ray Ford (646-404-3187)
- Skeleton keys and stamped brass door signs for keys,Rogerson Hardware